Monday, April 29, 2013

Is Commercial Heating Eco-Friendly?

Today, we live in an environmentally friendly world. Almost all electronic products that are manufactured today have a setting that allows us to use less energy than is normally needed, from our computers and tablets to our televisions and refrigerators. 

With this in mind we would expect that our heaters and air conditioners come with this setting as well, and there are some brands out there that do include a green setting with their products. However, there are some heaters and coolers that are specifically made to be beneficial to the environment. But are they as easy on our wallets? 

Evaporative Cooler Illustration via Wiki Commons

Evaporative coolers are the cheaper alternative to factory cooling. They use water evaporation in order to cool the air and require a source of water in order to run effectively. The common downside with evaporative cooling is that it raises the humidity in the room it is located in, but manufacturers have resolved this issue by adding a dehumidifier. Aside from that issue, evaporative coolers are not only cheaper than factory coolers, but they are easier to install and maintain. 

Solar Water Heater photo via Wiki Commons

Solar water heaters are an eco-friendly alternative to factory heating and is gaining popularity all over the world, especially in China. They do have some major disadvantages, however. Compared to a regular gas or electric heater, the price range on a solar water heater is a lot higher, and don’t work effectively during the winter, opting out to either run on gas or an electric booster. 

There are a huge number of people that make their own homemade solar water heaters. There are numerous articles and videos posted online that offer advice on how to build one at home, and it is fairly common to find D.I.Y. kits for solar water heaters online as well.

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